If you’re lucky enough to draft one of these third basemen, then you won’t have to worry about drafting another one for at least 15 rounds.
Anthony Rendon, LAA
Moving from Washington to Los Angeles will not affect Rendon’s fantasy baseball value. His new team may be a little worse in some areas but when you have Mike Trout hitting ahead of you, you can’t complain.
Rendon has been an excellent source of home runs, RBIs, runs and batting average. He doesn’t run at all but he does everything well that he’s still worth a second-round pick. Rendon will hit 30 home runs, 104 RBIs and .295 in his first year on the West Coast.
Alex Bregman, HOU
Bregman just keeps getting better and better. The soon-to-be 26-year-old posted his best season to date. In 156 games, he hit 41 home runs, 112 RBIs and .296. The lack of speed is concerning for fantasy purposes. He went from 17 in 2017 to just five last year.
The Astros have been on the negative side of baseball talk all offseason. I don’t think that’ll have an effect on their performance this season. Bregman will still hit 30-plus home runs with 105 RBIs and .290. He’ll be drafted in the middle of the first round.
Nolan Arenado, COL
Until something is reported, Arenado is still a member of the Rockies. That will only help his fantasy value. Unless he’s traded to the Blue Jays or Nationals, any other team’s home stadium will hurt his power production.
Looking at his career splits, Arenado has a .324 average with 129 home runs at home in 515 games. On the road, though, he hit .265 with 98 homers in 516 games. The RBIs have declined but I attribute that to his supporting cast. When he’s hitting 40 home runs a season, his teammates need to get on base.
Arenado will be drafted in the first round as one of the most reliable hitters in all of baseball.
You can’t go wrong drafting any of the top-10 third basemen. They will hit for contact and power and some of them will even rack up steals. It’s a deep position. The next position I rank is shortstop, which is another top-heavy position.